ex­er­cy­cle The Pelo­ton hi-tech

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On yer static bike The spin class is dead.

> Meet the ma­chine that killed it. By Char­lie Teas­dale

Aside from burn­ing loads of calo­ries, improving car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness and build­ing lower-body strength, spin classes are rub­bish. They’re dark, sweaty, an­gry and the trainers have ter­ri­ble taste in music. And then there’s the changeover, the bit where you have to pick your way through the neon hellscape and beat ev­ery­one else to a bike that’s not too close to the front or far from the air con­di­tion­ing, and isn’t still moist from the last rider’s ex­er­tions. Hap­pily, you never need to go to one ever again.

Founded in 2012, Amer­i­can com­pany Pelo­ton makes top-spec static bikes fit­ted with a 21.5in touch-screen HD TV, al­low­ing you to stream over 8,000 classes on-de­mand — or tune in to the 14 hours of live classes streamed each day — into your own home or pri­vate stu­dio. Classes are hosted by “elite New York-based in­struc­tors” and you can com­pete with other rid­ers on a re­al­time leader board as well as track your per­sonal per­for­mance over time. Es­sen­tially, you can do all the things on of­fer in a reg­u­lar spin class, but you don’t need to schlep across town to do it. Pelo­ton has al­ready sold over 220,000 ma­chines in the US. This au­tumn it will ar­rive in the UK.

“Work­ing out with oth­ers can in­crease per­for­mance, mo­ti­va­tion and fre­quency. Work­ing out at home while con­nected to oth­ers cy­cling along with you has been one of the se­crets to our suc­cess,” says John Fo­ley, found­ing CEO of Pelo­ton. If cy­cling doesn’t spin your wheels but you still don’t want to leave the house to work out, then Pelo­ton is launch­ing Tread, a run­ning and HIIT edi­tion of the tech­nol­ogy, in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

Steel spin bike, £1,995, by Pelo­ton. Un­lim­ited class sub­scrip­tion £39.50 per month; White car­bon fi­bre-tech­ni­cal mesh road shoes, £350, by GiroPho­to­graph by Kat Pi­si­olek

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